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The Identity gallery at the Academy Museum will showcase original costumes such as David Bowie’s iconic Goblin King ensemble from Labyrinth (1986).

Los Angeles, CAToday, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens its doors to thrilling new gallery and object rotations in its Stories of Cinema exhibition. Like cinema itself, the galleries of the museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema are designed to evolve and change over time to highlight different movies, artists, eras, genres, and more. Following are new rotations that will be presented in the 2022–2023 season in Stories of Cinema:


The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather showcases the collaborative process of the making of this masterpiece through a wide array of original objects, images, and stories. In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s popular novel provided an operatic and poignant reflection on the American Dream that not only radically transformed the moviegoing experience, but also the moviemaking process. Featured costumes, props, scripts, and equipment will highlight the contributions of each cinematic branch, exploring how they innovated the changing landscape of Hollywood.

Object highlights include Don Corleone’s desk and chair used in The Godfather trilogy, Coppola’s original “Godfather notebook,” and a costume worn by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II. This exhibition is curated by Assistant Curator Sophia Serrano with Curatorial Assistant Esme Douglas.

The Academy Museum Store will be releasing an exclusive collection of The Godfather merchandise in conjunction with the gallery. The products in this collection celebrate the Academy Award®-winning film’s 50th anniversary and are officially licensed by Paramount Pictures.

The products in this collection were created in conjunction with the museum’s gallery exhibition The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film and are officially licensed by Paramount Pictures.

Starting Sunday, November 6, Fanny’s Restaurant will introduce a weekly “Sunday Supper” menu with dishes in conjunction with the The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather . The family-style menu will include a weekly rotating selection of cheeky specials such as Connie’s Crispy Calamari, A Pasta You Can’t Refuse, Sunny’s “Bada-Bing!” Ribs, and more inspired plates, along with a selection of Italian wines and other cinema-inspired craft cocktails. Sunday dinner service will run from 5-9PM; reservations can be made via OpenTable and Resy, or by emailing info@fannysla.com.


This gallery is an exploration of one of global cinema’s most radical and transformative artists. Agnès Varda’s (1928-2019) work is undeniably personal drawing inspiration from her life, experiences, the people, and the world around her. Structured into three sections to reflect her life as a photographer, filmmaker, and fine artist, the gallery highlights influences and films from her seven-decade long career ranging from La Pointe Courte (1955), widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, to her autobiographical movie Varda by Agnès (2019). While the Photography section explores her time behind the still camera showcasing her Leica, as well as prints and contact sheets, the section focusing on her life as a filmmaker shows influences from her years living in Paris and Los Angeles including familial relationships, social rights movements, and other autobiographical elements that permeate all aspects of Varda’s filmography. At the heart of the gallery, a triptych montage invites visitors to immerse themselves in themes and motives from Varda’s vast cinematic oeuvre. Lastly, the Art section features works from Varda’s career as a fine artist including a model for one of her life-size cinema shack installations. One of Varda’s most important inspirations becomes palpable through the gallery’s design: her lifelong love for beaches. This gallery is curated by former Assistant Curator Ana Santiago and completed by Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator with support from Manouchka Kelly Labouba, Research Assistant and the collaboration of Rosalie Varda-Demy, Mathieu Demy, and Ciné-Tamaris.

Shop the Academy Museum Store’s collection of Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda merchandise.


The Identity gallery will present a new lineup of original costumes, wigs, concept art, and other materials to explore the creation of characters through the art of hair, makeup, and costume design. Highlights include costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951), designed by Edith Head; Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror (2012), designed by Eiko Ishioka; David Bowie in Labyrinth (1986), designed by Brian Froud and Ellis Flyte; Richard Pryor in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1973), designed by Bernard Johnson; and a headdress worn by Greta Garbo in Mata Hari  (1931), designed by Adrian.

The gallery also focuses on the work of key artists in these fields, such as the tattoo work of make-up artist Ken Diaz on movies such as Red Dragon (2002) and Black Panther (2018), wigs by hair stylist Yolanda Toussieng from Beetlejuice (1988) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), wigs and makeup by Nadia Stacey for The Favourite (2018), and costumes by designer Ann Roth from Mamma Mia! (2008) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020).


The Academy Awards History gallery now features Gregory Peck’s Oscar for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), the Elie Saab gown worn by Halle Berry to the 74th Academy Awards in 2002, the tuxedo worn by Francis Ford Coppola to the 45th Academy Awards in 1973, and the Swarovski-studded vegan leather jacket worn by costume designer Jenny Beavan to the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.

The Story gallery explores how cinema is first born on paper, through scriptwriting and storyboarding. Case studies of Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) and The Birds (1963) explore two different approaches to adapting Daphne du Maurier. The Rebecca study looks at the role producer David O. Selznick played in bringing the film to the screen, as well as the importance of Kay Brown, Selznick’s Story Editor, and screenwriter Joan Harrison. The Birds installation focuses on Evan Hunter’s script and Harold Michelson’s storyboards of the now iconic sequence outside the schoolhouse.

Additional new objects from films spanning the silent era to the present day include script pages from Stella Dallas (1925), written by Frances Marion; scripts from Adam’s Rib (1949), written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin; Albert Nozaki’s storyboards from The War of the Worlds (1953); a working notebook and script for Mosquita y Mari (2012), written and directed by Aurora Guerrero; and script notes and pages from Queen and Slim (2019), written by Lena Waithe.  

The Performance gallery, which explores the disciplines of casting and acting, features new materials from the collections of Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, two casting directors who revolutionized the craft post-studio system, as well as new Polaroids from the collection of casting director Johanna Ray, who has worked with many notable directors but is perhaps best known for her longtime collaboration with David Lynch.

Stories of Cinema is organized by Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Senior Curator for Collections and Curatorial Affairs Nathalie Morris, Exhibitions Curators Jenny He and Jessica Niebel, Associate Curator Dara Jaffe, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, and Sophia Serrano, former Assistant Curator Ana Santiago, with support from Curatorial Assistant Esme Douglas and Research Assistant Manouchka Kelly Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

All images:
(left) The Art of Moviemaking: The GodfatherStories of Cinema 2, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation. (right) Director’s Inspiration : Agnès Varda, Stories of Cinema 2 , Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation.
All b-roll footage: ©Academy Museum Foundation

Academy Museum Announces February and March Programs, marking the 50th anniversary of the release of The Godfather.


Ongoing Series including Oscar® Sundays, featuring Oscar-recognized films; Branch Selects, which features films co-programmed with Academy Branches; and Family Matinees.

Los Angeles, Calif., January 25, 2021The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will continue its eclectic calendar of film screenings and public programs this winter with retrospectives of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, presented in conjunction with the museum’s Hayao Miyazaki exhibition, and Italian directors Cecilia Mangini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, the latter of which launches the Academy Museum’s partnership with Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of The Godfather, the museum will be screening the entire trilogy, including a special Academy Museum Member screening of The Godfather (USA, 1972) with Director Francis Ford Coppola. The museum will also host writer-director Guillermo del Toro for a special screening of his film Pan’s Labyrinth (USA, 2006) with an extended conversation about the movie, and screen the world premiere of a brand-new print of Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers, Robert J. Kaplan’s film starring actress Holly Woodlawn, from the Academy Film Archive.  

The recurring series Available Space, showcasing experimental and independent film and media, will highlight the work of Johann Lurf and a sampling of restorations by the Academy Film Archive of the films of Stan Brakhage. The museum’s Weekend With… series will feature screenings of films by Moufida Tlatli and Jill Sprecher. Screenings highlighting the films featured in the museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema , films curated by members of the Academy branches, movies honored at the Oscars® and Saturday Family Matinees will continue to offer audiences familiar classics and new discoveries. Throughout February, the museum’s ongoing series spotlight the work of film artists, including Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, and the late Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field.


  • The Godfather Trilogy:In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Godfather (USA, 1972), the Academy Museum will be screening Francis Ford Coppola’s complete trilogy, concluding with the director’s 2020 recut of the third chapter, in new 4K restorations. The March 21screening is for Academy Museum Members and includes a pre-screening Q&A with Director Francis Ford Coppola. (March 21–24)
  • Guillermo del Toro presents Pan’s Labyrinth: A special screening of Pan’s Labyrinth followed by a conversation with writer-director Guillermo del Toro. The film earned six Academy Award nominations including Foreign Language Film, and won for its stunning Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. (Feb 9)
  • Everyday Life: The Films of Isao Takahata: Presented in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, this retrospective includes all of Takahata’s Studio Ghibli features, beginning with the stunning World War II tragedy Grave of the Fireflies (Japan, 1988), as well as a selection of the theatrical films he made earlier in his career. Many of these earlier works also feature collaboration from a young Miyazaki, whom Takahata met when both were working at the famous Toei Animation studio. (Feb 3–16)
  • Carnal Knowledge: The Films of Pier Paolo PasoliniThe Academy Museum honors the centennial of poet, philoso­pher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with a complete retrospective of his narrative films interspersed with some unique short and documentary works from his prolific career, all screening on preserved 35mm prints or new DCPs. (Feb 17–Mar 12)
  • Special Screening, Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers:Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new print of this 1972 musical satire from the Academy Film Archive. Directed by Robert J. Kaplan, this nearly lost film stars Andy Warhol Factory superstar and Lou Reed muse Holly Woodlawn, as a small-town girl trying to make it in the Big Apple. (Feb 14)
  • Rare Takes: The Works of Cecilia Mangini: In dialogue with the Pier Paolo Pasolini retrospective, the Academy Museum presents a series on the work of his collaborator Cecilia Mangini, the first woman to make documentaries in post-war Italy. The retrospective follows her passing at the age of 93 in 2021. (Mar 5–20)
  • Weekend With…: The series offering audiences the chance to dive deep into the work of a filmmaker, actor, or key creative over the course of one weekend, continues with:
    • Weekend With…Moufida TlatliFeaturing rarely screened films by Tunisian film editor-turned-director Moufida Tlatli, among them The Silences of the Palace (Tunisia/France, 1994) and The Season of Men (Tunisia/France, 2000). (Feb 19)
    • Weekend With…Jill SprecherTwo days of screenings celebrating the work and influences of Jill Sprecher, director of Clockwatchers (USA, 1998) and Thirteen Conversations about One Thing (USA, 2002), will feature post-screening conversations with the filmmaker. (Mar 18–19)
  • Available Space, the Academy Museum’s ongoing series showcasing experimental and independent film and media, will include:
    • ★ by Johann Lurf, featuring a screening of the 2022 edition of an epic chronological assembly of sequences of the starry sky from the very beginning of cinema up to the present year (the film is updated annually), preceded by the Vienna-based filmmaker’s short film Twelve Tales Told (Austria, 2004), in which he interweaves a dozen major studio logos to create a cinematic time-sculpture celebrating and satirizing the epic-scale branding of industrial cinema. (Feb 24)
    • And Early and Late Brakhagea sampling of restorations by the Academy Film Archive, with a unique focus on films drawn from Brakhage’s earliest years of production alongside films from his last years of activity, including his final masterpiece of hand-painting Panels for the Walls of Heaven (USA, 2002). (Mar 10)


  • Oscar® Sundays: Held every Sunday evening in the David Geffen Theater, this series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards. For the month of February, the museum will highlight Black filmmakers cited at the Oscars and in March films written by women, such as Lilies of the Field (USA, 1963), Moonlight (USA, 2016), When Harry Met Sally… (USA, 1989) and Thelma & Louise (USA, 1991).
  • Family Matinees: Held every Saturday for families of all ages, screenings in February will celebrate Black filmmakers and include A Wrinkle in Time (USA, 2018) and Soul (USA, 2020), among others.
  • Branch Selects: The series, which will screen 52 titles over the span of 2022 curated by members of the 17 branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, continues with Citizen Kane (USA, 1941), Doctor Zhivago (USA, 1965), and The Graduate (USA, 1967), among other films that celebrate the achievements of each branch’s craft.
  • Stories of Cinema: Featuring screenings of films and filmmakers highlighted in the museum’s core exhibition, the series will continue with I Am Not Your Negro (USA, 2016), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, 2000), and The Tree of Life (USA, 2011), among others.

In addition, education and family programs will be ongoing at the Academy Museum. Programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and will include family studio activities, family matinee screenings, and in-gallery tours. ASL interpreted tours for hard of hearing and Deaf communities and visual description tours for low vision and blind communities will be offered monthly as well as accommodative Calm Mornings and family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers. A full schedule of Family Matinees may be accessed here.

You can see the full schedule of the Academy Museum’s film screenings and public and educational programs here.

Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets are available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website.

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members.

Beginning in February, admission to daytime film screenings will be $5. This includes Family Matinees.

Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

Museum Members receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, and exclusive members-only advance film screenings, by visiting the museum’s website.

To visit the museum or attend a program or screening, all visitors must have an advance reservation and
visitors ages 12 and up must show proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours before arrival at the museum. Digital vaccine records or physical vaccine cards are acceptable proof.

The museum will require visitors to follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines by the state of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.

The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:
The Richard Roth Cinema-Arts Fund to showcase global cinema.
Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism.
Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming.
Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film.
Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited.
The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision, which is co-presenting Roberto Galvadón, the first of three-film series that celebrates Mexican cinema.
Mexico’s two major film archives, the Cineteca Nacional and the Filmoteca de la UNAM, to whom we are grateful for making the Roberto Galvadón program possible.
Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.

IMAGE CREDITSLilies of the Field (1963), film still, courtesy of Park Circus; Grave of the Fireflies (1988), film still courtesy of Studio Ghibli/GKIDS; The Godfather (1972), film still, courtesy of courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972), film still, courtesy of H.G. Entertainment, Ltd.